Ask anyone who was a teenager during the 80s who John Hughes is, they’ll start reciting every movie he has been involved in. He has dabbled in writing, directing and even producing. He will forever be remembered as an icon of the 80s.
John Hughes was a writer for National Lampoon magazine in 1979. He was inspired by the success of “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, written by an associate of National Lampoon Magazine Harold Ramis, Mr. Hughes took a shot at screenwriting. National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, National Lampoon’s Vacation and Mr. Mom were his first screenwriting credits. These films allowed him to direct his first feature film, “Sixteen Candles”.
His films such as “Weird Science”, ”Pretty In Pink” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” helped him become synonymous with “teen movies”. He focused on middle class life, which helped his films to be believable and interesting. He portrayed teens in a way that was relatable to his audience. According to Hollywood insiders, if a movie was to be made depicting teenagers and their emotions, John Hughes was the man to create it.
Nowhere is this more evident than in “The Breakfast Club”. Hughes portrayed his characters in five types: the brain, the jock, the princess, the misfit and the criminal. Everyone who has seen this movie can see themselves in one of these characters. I fell somewhere between the jock and the brain. At the beginning of the movie, the characters had little interaction, unless it was hurling insults at each other. Cliques just don’t mix, and they felt like there wasn’t any common ground between them. Then Brian (themisfit), Andrew (the jock), Clare (the princess), Allison (the misfit) and John (the criminal) are forced to spend detention together on a Saturday Morning. That’s when things start to get interesting.
During the course of the movie, the characters spend time talking and relating to one another. Each one feels...